Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Coming Rapture


Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4 v 16 - 17:

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with he voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord."


There is one thing only Father God knows and that is the exact time and day this event called the Rapture will occur. Not even Jesus himself knows. So we cannot know it either. However there are signposts along the way to show us that it is near.

In Matthew 24 v 3 the disciples asked Jesus for the sign of His return and of the end of the world. He said that there would be world wars; other wars; the Jews would return to Israel; weather would be extreme; famine; plagues; earthquakes etc. He called these The Beginning of Sorrows.

These were signs preceding the Tribulation. Daniel speaks of 1 week of years ie 7 years broken into two parts. Starting with many believers being martyred for their faith. ISIS is busy doing just that. And other nations too.

He said that this gospel would be preached everywhere on earth before the end. That indicates that Christians will not be Raptured before the Tribulation starts. We will be busy with the Great Revival.

Then the Abomination of Desolation will stand in the Holy of Holies in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem - this is the Antichrist declaring himself the Messiah. Only then will the Great Tribulation begin. I believe the Rapture takes place at this midpoint of the 7 years.

Jesus says to the church of Philadelphia that they will not face the Wrath of the Lamb (Rev 3 v 10). This is the second half of the Tribulation. We (the BODY of Christ) will be caught up to meet Jesus (the HEAD of the Church) and form the completed BRIDEGROOM who will return to Earth to rescue His BRIDE, Israel, at the Battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 22 v 17 And the Spirit and the Bride say Come. She is the new Jerusalem adorned as a bride in Revelation 21. The Lamb's wife consists of the 12 tribes of Israel Rev 21 v 9 - 12.  She is the Chosen one and satan wants her destroyed to spite God and his Son. Our judgment in Matt 24 comes from our attitude towards israel. Do we as His Body love or hate His Bride. His true body will love her.

Those who are born again believers who love Israel will be raptured together with the dead believers who will rise from death first. What a day of rejoicing it will be.

Prayer: Father God help us to understand the hidden depths of Your salvation and rescue plan and get in line with it so we can help those who are struggling with the increased pressure of unfolding hardships. Father open the eyes of the spiritually blind to see Your glorious Kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.